Happily my new website is now up and running :
Graham Harmon with Daniel Fetzner about Objects and Waste.
Available for download here: Patients After Sebald
Chris Kraus : Traveling at Night #2 (1990), a study of the underground railroad filtered through a childrenâ€™s field trip to caves that once sheltered slaves.
“Can we, as I mentioned at the beginning of this paper, very tentatively suggest the possibility that we, as subjects, are not only concerned with shoring up our somatic and psychical boundaries and policing the contours of our sovereign identities? Admit the possibility that there is a jouissance in transgressing beyond one’s borders beyond the socio-Symbolic Law that insists on the cut between discrete subjectivities to a beyond-as-before, immemorial, yet affecting, space / place / time of encounter? An “event-encounter ” (Ettinger) that appeals to a certain stratum of our subjectivity on which we are subjects who have never been cleft from bodily jouissance as our corporeal and psychical borders have always, already been transgressed? And with this in mind, is it possible that we look at images that evidence, or are purported to evidence, a signifying assignation between the maternal, femininity and death? Is it possible that we, as viewing subjects, are not only condemned to be consumers and spectators who re-inscribe this scene with such cultural markings and inscriptions? If we all emerge, regardless of sex or gender, from such maternal origins, unremembered as they may be or, as Ettinger suggests, immemorial yet affecting, then what happens to us as viewers when we re-inscribe such cultural markings? What happens to the maternal subjectivity, in each and every one of us, in the staging, re-staging and re-inscription of this traumatic encounter? Can we accept our emergence into life, as non-life, as traumatic, but also as, potentially, re-traumatising when any discourse of this emergence is culturally foreclosed, or idealised as a phantasmatic return to a primal unity, or One? When our very emergence into life is condemned to be aligned on the side of death? Can we consider the possibility that there may be some kind of relief in the relaxation of one’s sovereign boundaries, of being a becoming partialised-subject, partialised-object? Can we countenance a jouissance of non-life in life, the conceptual possibility of an enjoyment, of sort, in liminal pleasures? An enjoyment in liminality?”
Out now folks. See here : http://2hamagazine.tumblr.com/post/62728467761/2ha-issue-03-suburbia-public-space-is-now
The last couple of minutes of this McGilchrist raises some interesting thoughts on the societal effect, as he see it of Left hemispheric dominance in our dealings with World.